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Divorce involving military personnel can get complicated. We understand that and can help you at The Family Matters Law Firm.
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A Miami Military Divorce Lawyer Can Help You Divorce Yourself from the Fight

Getting divorced is complicated enoughwith all the requirements and details to consider. If one or both parties are military members, it creates more issues. The Family Matters Law Firm understands the complexities involved in this situation. We can guide you in your decisions based on the facts of the case.

Florida Military Divorce Jurisdiction

Jurisdiction can usually be a huge issue in a military divorce. Military life is dynamic since personnel is deployed in different states and sometimes other countries. You and your soon-to-be ex-spouse may live in different towns or cities over several years. Consequently, the issue of legal residence has to be settled.

Like regular divorces, military members are subject to legal requirements in Florida. That includes being a resident in the state for at least six months before filing the divorce papers. If you or your ex has been physically living in Florida for at least six months, there is no problem.

Hiring a seasoned Miami military divorce lawyer can help sort these issues from the beginning. Call us at The Family Matters Law Firm to schedule a consultation.

What to Do If My Military Spouse Is Deployed Overseas, and I Want A Divorce?

Military personnel is regularly deployed overseas. The United States has military bases worldwide and naval vessels patrolling the seas. It’s not unusual for a military spouse to spend several consecutive months outside the country.

If you are a resident of Florida before your overseas deployment, the state courts will still have jurisdiction over your marriage and divorce. But in complex cases, the state can have jurisdiction over the validity of the marriage but not over the other spouse, which means that the court does not have the authority to award spousal support and properties to which he/she may be entitled. It can happen if you were a resident of Florida before deployment, but your spouse never actually lived there with you.

The same problem arises if there are children involved in the marriage. Jurisdiction for child custody and support can be complex. You do not want to do all that work to get custody only to hear that the Florida courts do not have jurisdiction to make a decision. To avoid confusion, consult a military divorce lawyer from The Family Matters Law Firm.

What to Do If I’m Served Divorce Papers While on Military Duty?

Military personnel can “stay” or stop the divorce proceedings when served with divorce papers. After being served with divorce papers, you have 20 days to respond. This can be difficult if you are actively serving in the military. Hence, you can use the stay option to avoid that deadline.

The main reason you want to use that option is that you do not want to be declared in default. The court may rule on the divorce without hearing your side if this happens. You can then fail to negotiate or go in front of a judge for a more desirable custody arrangement or support plan.

If you need help understanding your options, contact us at The Family Matters Law Firm. Then, book a consultation with an experienced military divorce lawyer.


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Legal concerns with family can cause intense stress and have far-reaching effects. This can be especially true when children are involved. You also have a lot of financial interests in a family law case, so you must partner with the right attorney. The team at The Family Matters Law Firm is the right choice for these reasons:

  • We understand family. The Family Matters Law Firm offers our clients a family-friendly environment. We understand how delicate legal issues are with spouses, partners, and children.
  • We speak Spanish. Language barriers shouldn’t be a problem when you work with our firm. We speak Spanish and can understand your personal concerns.
  • We have the experience and skills. Family law is not something anyone should take lightly. Our attorneys have been practicing law for more than 20 years. We understand the critical aspects of family law and the essential steps with each case.

Additional Issues in Military Divorce

A military divorce is similar to others in the sense that issues of property, children, debt, and related matters need resolution. However, unique problems can arise aside from those already mentioned.

These include:

  • Determining income for child support
  • Dividing military pension
  • Establishing custody and visitation rights while one or both parties are deployed
  • Changing parental plans when the military member gets redeployed to another location


How Military Divorce Lawyers From Our Firm Can Help

The Family Matters Law Firm has experienced military divorce lawyers dedicated to helping service personnel understand and make decisions about their unique situations.

The situation can be emotionally challenging, and it is hard to keep a clear head, especially when you’re far away from your children. Our job is to help keep things in order for you so you can make the right decisions.

If you need to consult with an experienced Miami military divorce lawyer, do not hesitate to contact us today to book an appointment.

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